Propagation of water waves over permeable rippled beds

Ching Jer Huang, Chih Hsin Chen, Hsing Han Chang

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Unsteady two-dimensional NavierStokes equations and NavierStokes type model equations for porous flow were solved numerically to simulate the propagation of water waves over a permeable rippled bed. A boundary-fitted coordinate system was adopted to make the computational meshes consistent with the rippled bed. The accuracy of the numerical scheme was confirmed by comparing the numerical results concerning the spatial distribution of wave amplitudes over impermeable and permeable rippled beds with the analytical solutions. For periodic incident waves, the flow field over the wavy wall is discussed in terms of the steady Eulerian streaming velocity. The trajectories of the fluid particles that are initially located close to the ripples were also determined. One of the main results herein is that under the action of periodic water waves, fluid particles on an impermeable rippled bed initially moved back and forth around the ripple crest, with increasing vertical distance from the rippled wall. After one or two wave periods, they are then lifted towards the next ripple crest. All of the marked particles on a permeable rippled bed were shifted onshore with a much larger displacement than those on an impermeable bed. Finally, the flow fields and the particle motions close to impermeable and permeable beds induced by a solitary wave are elucidated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-591
Number of pages13
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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